Saturday, October 11, 2008


8x10" Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

I had fun with this one! It was inspired by, and wound up being a study for, the Tekpatl piece...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Collaborating with the Little One!

Ojo de Dios con Nopal y Avion
12x18" Fluid and Interactive Acrylics on Watercolor Paper

Here's something fun we did the other day to unwind-- a collaboration with me and the little one--that D up on the left is his signature :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Abuelita! It's really finished this time...

7.5x10" Acrylic on Cereal Box

This one is finally done. Done done. And currently being re-done on canvas, because somehow cereal box just isn't good enough for her! Although, I have to say, she really makes it look beautiful...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sagrado Corazon de Jen

Sagrado Corazon de Jen
9x10.5" GO OPEN Acrylics on Watercolor Paper

Ah, it feels so good to be painting again! I hope to have a few more finished works up here in the next few days...This one is a portrait of fellow artist and friend Jen Boyak, I started it for her birthday. Thanks for the photo ref Jen!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I got Tekpatl for my Birthday!

Tekpatl eliza
9x11 3/4" Acrylic on Hardboard

I celebrated another year of life this summer by spending the day with a great mentor, respected elder, and friend, Nora Chapa Mendoza. Her work, known for it's power in exploring hidden images, the spiritual and sacred, and strong women, has always attracted me. We spent the day in her studio, and she shared a signature technique with me. I started this piece that day, and brought it to this point during our next session. I am especially happy with it because tekpatl appeared, a nahuatl symbol that has a great significance to me, as it's the symbol assigned to the day I was born, and I love the meaning. As she explained, tekpatl, or flint knife, is the sharp object that deftly cuts through the layers to reveal the essence or core. I like to associate it with a certain type of vision, so my hawk-eye stare peering out made perfect sense. This painting makes me feel good, such a perfect present!

Here's the rest of my recent work...

Here are a few more pieces I started this month, if I can resist being outside playing during the last weekend of summer (!!!), I'll be touching these up and trying to get em done...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Experimenting With Golden OPENs

6x6 OPEN Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

After a week of frustration (due to adding too much water--try thinner and medium instead!), I finally started getting the hang of these new paints. Thanks to all my WC amigos for sharing their experiences, really shortened the learning curve for me!

Here's a little still life I started, hoping to finish it up soon, it's still a bit sloppy, but I had fun painting it!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Abuelita--finished (for now...)

So this is how it turned out...I got some good crits, and may go back into this one, but have already started it over, on canvas this time! That one is coming soon...

Friday, May 23, 2008

why didn't I do this on masonite???

here's the latest study of Abuelita, not quite done, but I'm lovin it...

8x10 Acrylic on Cereal Box